Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon 2013
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203 people have rated this event.
“Thanks to all for the amazing event - as usual, the car parking is a challenge but always a "must do" race. Thanks”
“I have taken part in this event many times and think it is the best race in the region. The only additional option that could be included would be a team/club based competition as part of the race. Obviously Dubai based clubs would have to be handicapped - average time for 4 runners vs. 3 runners for out of town clubs/teams. 2 age categories. Team members have to wear club shirt to count. ”
“Amazing event with fantastic scenery. Awesome commitment from the committee. Impressive Experience. ”
“Its my first time to join this race which i came to know from a friend who have been running in the past 2 editions. This is also my first time to have run that distance my longest run being a couple of 10 milers some years back. i am seriously setting my sight in joning a full marathon next month and thought that this race could play a good part in my preparation and traning.
Everything about the race was great except the start where we have to endure half an hour delay (i am part of the last bunch of runners off the start line). i didnt exactly understand the reason of the delay but it affected my energy because we have to stand there idly.
i would rate the course with only a 8 (out of 10) due to the fact that runners have to pass up and down dizzying tunnels and bridges.
a bit disappointed to see race packs being given on race day when it mentioned in your communication otherwise. i had to manage my sched big time just to get my pack the night before afraid that i might not be able to run if i cant collect on that day.
Dont have a clue on where to view photos of the race.
Overall it was great. I will be back next year. Cheers!”
“Waiting for the 2014 edition”
“Great photos, Barry Morgan is great.
Great goody bag.
Fun route, friendly event. Great breakfast too.”
“Thanks for an amazing race DSC!!
Well done on the organisation, everything was perfect.
Stations fully manned and stocked with water, isostar, sponges and watermelon until the end.
Reasonable registration fees for a great scenic course, full backpack of goodies and cool atmosphere.
Will definitely sign up again next year. Well done to the organisers and a million thanks to the awesome volunteers!!”
“Another outstanding half marathon, well done all the organisers what a fantastic job you all did! A great race and so well organised , lots of fun with a fantastic atmosphere and so encouraging to all participants. ”
“It will be great if the photos are uploaded.”
“Great job by all the Volunteers and Marshalls who make these events such a success.”
“Great Run, well orgainised with enthusiastic support staff and marshalling, showing off picturesque Dubai, followed by awesome breakfast on the creek - coul dnot ask for much more ”
“The best scenic route, very good organisation of the event.
Need more cheerers and water stations.....”
“It was awesome experience for me”
“Race was good however lack of breakfast whic h was something we looked forward to was disappointing. Only thing left when we got there was a few patries ; pork sausages and green eggs. No hashbrowns; mushrooms or fruit. Was sent to 3 different buffet stations and that was it.
In my opinion, this should not form part of the race and then it would be great.
Using the showers at the golf club was a bonus. Thank you.
“Many many thanks to the organizing committee to give the running community a great race and a great day to enjoy. Keep up the great work!!! You guyz are really amazing, the pillars for the running community here in the Middle East. ”
“A fantastic race with so much variety in terrain and sites to see. I loved running over bridges, under water, through tunnels and even having a meander through the souq. The race pack is just outstanding and so nice to have breakfast with loads of hungry runners! The only thing I would like to see improved if possible is the traffic lights at the last kilometer...I missed a PB waiting for the cars...but happy with my CR :)”
“Good organization. But the delay at the start was a bit long. Great atmosphere. Very nice brunch”
“I love this race, the race is professionaly run by amatuers who do it for the love of running and it gives the whole experience a real community spirit.
The striders are a great club and this race is a credit to them all.
“Well organised, great fun, good value and the most beautiful Half Marathon in the World - thank you.”
“Please drop the medals - not needed!”
“Very good race , best goody bag of any other races I have done in Dubai! and good value for money. But the best was when we finished the race and one of the event organizer came and shacked my hand and congratulated me on the race...thank you! Breakfast was good too!! I have done this race every year since I have been in Dubai and will do it again!”
“What a great event - a true highlight of my year!”
“Some kind of entertainment on route like some local bands playing live music...”
“Really great course, set a new PB. Well marshalled and organisation was near flawless with only gripe being the barely managed chaos at the start. Will be back next year for sure”
“Very fun and organized marathon”
“Thank you to all who gave up their Friday morning and many weeks in advance to organize such a great event (Race Committee, Marshals, Sponsors, etc.). A highly organized event and well done for overcoming the delay when the police failed to arrived as arranged to approve the race start on public roadways. Safety and compliance with the authorities were top of the agenda with such a large number of runners.”
“Apart from the late start everything else was spot on!”
“In general - an amazing job to everyone who helped in making this such a great race. Only problem was the almost 30 minute delay to the start of the race - it threw me off completely (psychologically speaking) and it meant running in warmer weather. Surprisingly there was no apology or an explanation provided either while we waited.”
“Really well organised race! Great value for money from the brilliant race packs to the breakfast.
One tiny improvement though.. Perhaps small, kids size water bottles would be better to give out at the water stations. It is hard to drink properly from the tubs of water and also difficult to open while running. Having the small bottles also means runners could carry them with them if needed.
Well done and thanks for another great event!”
“How can we see the pictures taken during the race?”
“Only grumble was starting nearly half hour late on what turned out to be a very warm morning...”
“Great event all through, only complaint had to be at the end of the course right before entering the Creek club entrance just after the signal the runners apparently had to run a few 100 mtrs on the right which had no clear markings where to turn back , I saw many runners that didnt do this and just went straight into the creek club, and for those of us who did run there was no clear direction where to turn back, On the way back many runners did give a mouthful to the marshal who was apparently not standing on the right spot to guide the runners back.”
“Well organized, keep up the good work
Suggestion: a) Parking - Last year there was a clear communication on where to park. This year there was no communication on that. Currently parking is not an issue because of City Centre, but needs to be tackled for long term
b) Delivering goody bag with BIB number by courier if possible”
“Race officials were superb ! Water stations adequate !
Support services good !. It will be nice, if the even can be started exactly at 6.30 am, so that we can beat the heat later ! Goody bag is great !
How can I get my picture ???”
“Thanks for the effort...please tell the police to get their act together for a 0630 start!
That last little bit before the Hyatt was bumpy...Need a few race officials watching the runners when they are in the pens...some where jumping over to preferred to start....
Overall it was a good day....appreciate the effort in getting it planned”
“Breakfast was quite unorganized from the catering perspective... good location, and setting, but after walking backward and forward to the different tables for 20 minutes, and finding them with virtually no food, I took the family to the hyatt for breakfast. Catering should have been able to replenish for the hungry masses a little better. but thats just a minor gripe in what was overall a great event.”
“Perfectly executed and orchestrated. Well done. Look forward to participate every year.”
“I wish we had more signs for km and toilets but overall, it was great ! ”
“Really an excellent event. I love the Course and will definitely take part in this event again. ”
“Congratulations Organizers the event was very well organized, very good route and everyone was cooperative. QD restaurant needs to improve their services to handle larger crowd they should be well prepared, food was not properly marked and shortage of food most of the time.”
“Can not get bored from running it again and again until death gets us apart.”
“It was a great course, great atmosphere. If I could provide any criticism, having a clear trash and rubbish policy would be great. The only disappointing thing was the amount of rubbish on the course. I have only ever done cycling events in that past which have better rubbish points after feed zones. Nothing major, but that is all. ”
“Route was very scenic and enjoyable. ”
“I loved the event and the energy and atmosphere was amazing. Bravo to the organizers. ”
“As someone who was coming from out of the country, I found that having to collect my event pack on the morning of at such an early hour detrimental to my performance in the race.
“Well organized event, thank you very much to everyone who gave their time to organize and help out on the day. ”
“Thank you to all the marshals and those manning the drinks stations, great event to be part of.”
“Good organisation .
Shame we started with 1/2 hour delay
We need water in bottles, it is impossible to drink from the glasses handed over to the runners
More food on the way would be better (oranges, watermelons, bananas)overall”
“Unfortunately there were some adverse conditions leading to a late start... for slow runners like us it made it tougher and we missed the sunrise scenic glance when going over the Garhoud bridge.
This does not diminish the beautiful side of the race as well as the always friendly atmosphere. A big thank you again to the organizers”
“Another super Half Marathon . Extremely well organised, was a joy to participate in this event. The levels of positivity and enthusiasm from everyone involved are so impressive, not to mention the sheer hard work involved in putting this on. Brilliant to have taken part, looking forward to next year.”
“I look forward to this event. it is well organised, the goodie bag is the best of the year and it is a fun time.”
“Suggestion- would like to see finishing photos of all participants. wish to see photos of special events, award ceremony, some funny moments and all. please add next time..”
“I was unable to attend due to injury. It would have been great if you could have just kept the bags and credited our account for future. ”
“This event was very well organized and I loved the route!!!”
“I would like to thank Mr. John personally for his help with regards to the collection and thank you for all of the volunteers and supporters. It is a great event”
“As expected DCS delivers another great event. Maybe it needs something crazy-different next year :)
Long live DCS!”
“Great event. Only let-down: water stations too infrequent, and disappointed that there was no Gu on offer. Minor complaint against an otherwise excellent event.”
“The perfect start to a morning in Dubai. Well organised, if a little late in starting this year? A ton of marshals making sure you are on the right path and quite a few supporters along the way. The best half marathon if you like to see the old part of Dubai.”
“Too much delay in starting - it got way too hot! ”
“I liked Dubai Marathon very much. I participated first time. Very well organised marathon. I like to come and participate next year too. ”
“I Had a good time in this event.
Please start on time at 06:30 in next event.
“A good event slightly let down by the lack of pre-warning that parking would be in the Diera City Centre car park.”
“Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic :)
Well done and a big thanks to all involved.”
“ Very well organized half marathon. I can comment one point for your future consideraion that the last part, about 19-20 km,the dirty road had better be improved next time. Thank you.”
“Only shortfall was lack of information on parking.”
“Never enough toilet facilities at start area.
Breakfast was poor this year. The waiting staff were unable to cope with the demand and service areas ran out of product; you had to search the stations for items, and even then the choice was limited. This has never been the case in the past.
Just a suggestion - reverse the course every year..?”
“Great organization, great route and great breakfast! ”
“I just love this race. Thanks again to all the committee & volunteers who work so tirelessly to put on such a great race every year. We as runners appreciate everything you to do make this race the best one on the calendar. Look forward to next years race. ”
“Great event.. the best on the UAE running calender”
“Just the normal parking and loos problems. All else excellent.”
“Congratulations for the succes of Martahon and best of luck for future event.”
“Traffic signal stop near floating bridge shall be avoided and race need to start early.”
“The best half marathon in the world bar none!
Excellent support along the way.
The best goodie bag one could wish for.
“I was very impressed with the goody bag. High quality bag full of goodies , great Tshirt and medal. I was impressed by the volunteers. Very scenic and well run event. Would love to participate in it again, however coming all the way from the United States can only hope!”
“Enjoy the breakfast and finish at the Creek Hilton grounds. Route is very good and he finish on the drive into the Hilton is inspirational.”
“This is a bit fussy but if the volunteers could have cut / torn open the cups of water I think I would have go more of it in my mouth!”
“With the increased field size, comes additional logistical issues. Parking being a prime problem. This should have been addressed by engaging with DCC and ensuring that participants are made aware and directed to use this facility and not all being waved away at the gate.
The late start, although not all due to the organisers, meant that the heat got to most people towards the end. The late start, in my case, also meant that I could not enjoy the breakfast (which I hear was great :)), since I had prior commitments. ”
“Considering the limit to 2000 entrants and only 1500 runners on the day, I thought the level of support and organisation was superb. I have taken part in bigger events where the athletes village was far less impressive or even non-existent and the number of things being given away at this event was truly awesome. I love that they give you a technical running shirt as a freebie instead of a t-shirt, the back pack is excellent, nice medal etc etc. To make it perfect they need drinks containers at the water stations that are actually possible to drink from while you run. The route is a little strange at times with the ramps to the tunnel under the Creek and the tight turns avoiding pedestrians in the Soukh etc. but that seems to be part of the charm of the race.”
“Fantastic event with a great breakie afterwards. only criticism would have been to have coke at the aid stations in pre poured cups...would be good for the water also. ”
“Very poor toilet facilities, especially for women - toilets not working before race and long queues during first 14 kms.
Lack of proper road map in pre information and online, would be great to be able to see the route more detailed”
“I continue to love taking part in this event, but I have a couple of comments. There are now a lot more participants than ever before and this needs to be reflected at the start line. There are not enough time markers to distinguish where to start. I was held back from entering the below 1:50 marker simply because the organisers were trying to herd us into some sort of group by bib number. This is ludicrous. I ran a sub 1:45 run and struggled to get past people at the start who were slowing down at the 3km mark The flags should state sub 1:30; sub 1:45; sub 1:50 then jump to sub 2:05; 2:15 etc. This used to be a run for amateur and keen runners, now it is subscribed with people who fun run and are just hoping to finish. Marshals/volunteers/race pack/ rand breakfast as good as ever though!”
“I would call this me like a cross country race due to following reason
I have participated in many marathons and always the route / track is flat , and consistant- in this event there were Bridges to climb , atleast thre times and this ifor a long distance very much taxing unlike other marathons
The consistency of the track i not there as there are Pavements , Grass , Roads, and untarred roads
The route is not aa safe one as
1) The traffic was on with cars commig in our route ( near the wonder land o dubai creek p , abra in deira and so zigzag route
2) From shindaga tunnel to Creek side there were shops and people were with hand carts and i nearly hit one of them , and lot of distractions with Obstacles to stop the vehcles movng in such a crowded area
3) the last bit which was a deviation from Maktoum Bridge , back to the finishing point was untarred , mud road and dangerous to run as a person will be tired at that stage and then it will cause twist to his feet or ankle or any other injury to knee or thighs - so really unsafe
Most important is when I wanted clarifications was greeted by mails which was not at all friendly and was telling me like not to ask any more clarifications
Above are my honest Opinions
“A really well organised event!
The delayed start was a little frustrating, but after that the organisation on the course was superb.
Some minor feedback would be that the Parking and Bag Deposits should have been communicated prior to the event.
Thank you for all the marshals and volunteers!
Well done Dubai Creek Striders!
Highly recommended too all runners.”
“This is the best organised event but I have to say I am not too keen on the route. You pass by the docs where there is a lot of smoke from the boats and also crossing the bridges there is a lot of car fumes. At the end you have to stop at a traffic light before crossing the road which can also be dangerous. The water i believe should be given in bottles and a lot of people think the same. Mixed feelings on this event but great if you want to see the real side of Dubai.”
“The tunnel at the top of the Creek is a killer!”
“My 1st time to join and it was beyond my expectations!
Just a few comments:
- add more race pack distribution centers and time
- make sure the freebies are intended for the runner
(not female stuff for male participants)”
“Unclarity in the last part of the track. Cars came on the road and there where mixed instructions for directions. (19.20k) rest was really great”
“The water stations need bigger bottles so you can pick up water and run with it.”
“Fantastic as ever, great give away, medal, breakfast and perfect t-shirt for winter.
The only suggestions I would make would be for some of those festival style urinal troughs (do they allow them on the m.e?) at the start and also some cones and ribbon to deter the corner cutting taking place...”
“Shame about the delayed start. Not the fault of the organisers and safety has to come first in an event of this size. Good marshaling and plenty of water stations, needed in the conditions. Would be nice to have a few portaloos dotted along the course. I have local knowledge and could find public loos but my visitors from the UK struggled. Shortage of food at the breakfast for late comers, was rectified after a while though. All in all, a great Friday morning as always. Well done Creek Striders.”
“Thanks to all who were responsible for organizing this great event. Special thanks to the on-course marshalls for their infectious enthusiasm. ”
“An outstanding event due to the warmth of the race committee and the club members. From goody bags, post race breakfast, pacers to perfect volunteers and a huge number and amazingly encouraging and enthusiastic fans this race delivers everything. A very well organized! ”
“A really nice route and very well organised. Thank you!”
“Another well organized run, pity about the usual delay at the start.”
“One massive thank you to everyone who made the day so brilliant, all your efforts are appreciated”
“Yet again a really well organised event. The delayed start was a little frustrating, but after that the organisation on the course was superb. Well done Creek Striders!”
“Very good event. well organized. Not easy route. I highly recomend it. Thank you DCS.”
“Great great event once again!Well done to the Sriders on a fantastically well organised event!”
“I had no pre race communications to advise about parking in City Center away from the main event or where I could store a bag. as this was my first time, I had no idea and I almost missed the start because of this, fortunately the start was delayed by half an hour
Post race was good and the race itself was execllent, which after all is the main thing”
“Another superbly organised event, well done to the DCS committee and the many volunteers around the course.”
“The only hiccup in the 2013 event was the delay in the start of the race. Everything and I do in fact every other part of this event was meticulously planned and successful executed!”
“Beautiful half marathon ever, the committe were all great. I will do it again. Keep it up DCS. My pleasure to be one of the member. :) I am so proud to be DCS
“Thank you for organizing event. As you in this course 4 time runners need to climb bridges. starting late will have more impact on timing. i request to make start time at 6AM as we suffered heat this time.
“The race ad been built up as the best half in the world. No way. you are lucky you start and finish in the golf club but that is nothing to do with the race. the food was appalling. the course was sub average, mixed terrain. lose of gps in the tunnel so no idea what you are running . Its a carnival event not a race.
medal is shocking. t shirt material much too heavy to wear in the middle east.
would be more fun to marshall next year - i guess that is why yo have 25% DNS every year”
“It was my 1st time to join this kind of event. It was great and well organized. See you again next year.”
“This has to be one of the few events that still provides value for money and a club friendly atmosphere, despite its rapid rise in popularity and number of participants.
Keep up the good work Striders!”
“Especially loved winning one of the spot prizes today. Thanks Adidas!!”
“- Nice to have pacers
- Would help to have the detailed course map published prior to the race”
“Committee, sponsors and support team congratulations”
“So friendly and perfectly organised. Big ops for all the people involved!”
“Kudos to everyone who organised and supported this fantastic event.”
“Great atmosphere and the commitment of committee & volunteers is a shining example to all the other running clubs.
Some of the new (green) km markers were difficult to see amongst the trees.”
“Thank you to the organising committee and everyone involved in staging the best half marathon in the world. ”
“Online registration was as usual simple and easy, thanks to premiermarathons.com, pre event communication was spot on, event pack was superb, the best i have ever seen yet, the delay in start was due to waiting for the police go ahead, I enjoyed the chat with fellow runners in the mean time, support stations were spot on in terms of location, volunteers and water/energy drink supply, the sponges were an extra bonus, thanks to all marshals for the great effort they have put in, didnt see a single marshal not smiling, timing again was super fast, thanks to premiertiming.com, the course is beautiful, really makes you appreciate the tranquility that Dubai has but we miss in our daily battle with life, loved the medal!
If I want to help in making the event even better next time I would suggest adding non pork sausages, I was looking forward to the breakfast only to find that I cant have them, unless they were there and I couldnt see them :)
Other than that this was a great success, thanks to everyone who worked so hard on making this event the way it is, thanks for all the training we had and a big thanks to the pace setters, cant wait for next year! ”
“I may have missed it, but would have been good to remind people again this year about our GPS dropping out through the tunnel so people could plan.
Water station at around 16km seemed way too long after the signage that it was coming up!
Other than that, it was great. Loved the bags, loved the atmosphere. Great run.”
“Once again, an excellent organization, very nice race, great giveaways, nice atmosphere thanks to the speaker, good water/fruit/isotonic support along the route, ... And then the breakfast...
You guys organizers, volunteers, are great !!
Thank you very much and see you next year.
“Need to organize parking facilities and work on one start time ”
“Well organised event, would like to see more space at the finish line, lots of people hanging about.
a delay in starting today, but the interest of safety respected.
Good athletes village for the start and finish.
Loved the watermelon handouts, thank you!”
“1-Maybe 1 or 2 more water stattions would have been better.
2-also looking at the total no of people who did not start(DNS), almost 23%, the organisers should look at some ways wherein these can be transferred to people who are keen on running, maybe by charging extra towards the end.”
“Everything was excellent except the delay at the start. Water stations, goody bag, medal, marshals were all super! ”
“What a Goody Bag, perfect location, very good organization. JUST PERFECT”
“Thank you Creek Striders - once again a great event.
“Being penned up for about 30 minutes is unnecessary and frustrating - other events with large numbers of runners do not do this. It would be nice if there was one more water station after the tunnel - I was gasping by the time I got to the station just before floating bridge!”
“Great event in every way, well organised and thanks to all the DCS committee members for the hard work that they put into the event.”
“Really enjoyed it, late start was unfortunate but not the organisers fault. Course is excellent and the event giveaways and breakfast were fantastic. Looking forward to next year.”
“Nice path really enjoy it”
“I salute the Organizers who are Elite Runners themselves but devoted their time in making sure all the race participant, friends, families will have a blast on the race day. Congratulations & well done to the Organizers”
“Amazing work! well done everyone!”
“Amazing race, great organisation as usual for this event”
“Like always a great event. the start organisation was far from being perfect”
“GREAT FOOD, GREAT CROWD, GREAT RACE.
DEFINITELY I WILL JOIN AGAIN NEXT YEAR.”
“Wonderful organization, smiling marshals all along the way, people cheering along the race, wonderful feeling!”
“The race organizers/staffs are very encouraging. Thank you so much for the wonderful run that you organized.”
“Great race and great people”
“It is just as amazing each year. The committee work so hard to make this so enjoyable. Great goodie bags, relevant sponsors with offers linked to runners, tasty breakfast, wonderful support all round- special mention to the great cheering from Dubai English Speaking College around the half-way mark, marshalls are organised and motivating through all of the course. The prizes at the end are a nice touch too. Thank you to all involved for such an enjoyable run. No gripes here, just delight. Thank you, thank you and thank you”
“Loved all the marshalls, the race officials waiting at u turn fm 5.00am to guide us from floating bridge lots of hard work man power sleepless nights have gone into this most wonderful organised event which the best and top most wanted Half Marathon a dream participation for first timers thanks for such a treat and wonderful welcome from the commentator to all the participants You all ROCK waiting for the next year”
“Loved the race and breakfast.
If started earlier it might not be as hot in the end.
“Tough conditions, but again an amazing event! Well done Creek Striders for organising the Best Half in the Gulf!”
“Having run in Glasgow Amsterdam and Mainz this surpassed them all in organisation sponsors and goodie bag.
The on course marshals and those manning the water stand did a fantastic job and the organizers as a whole should be very proud of theirs and everyones efforts”
“Every friday we start 6:00 am but race day 6:50 am
the competitive and thrill 0%
Organization and marshals Haider marek and Gigi all they are doing great ”
“Welldone to the DCS organisation committee”